Officials from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority will gather alongside Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia city leaders on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 to commemorate the completion of the Beaver Creek Flood Damage Reduction Project. The ceremony will take place at the recently dedicated Jerry Goodpasture Plaza, near the site where ground was first broken on the project in 2012. This celebration represents the culmination of more than a decade of planning and cooperative efforts among the agencies and municipalities involved.
The impetus for this project was a desire to protect the commercial assets of downtown Bristol from the risk of potential flood damage, which has historically been very costly. Reducing the risk of the adverse economic impacts associated with flooding is a critical component of the continued revitalization of Bristol’s downtown area. Additionally, these improvements will provide greater flood protection to other areas along Beaver Creek that have previously been flood prone as well.
Planning for the project began in 2001 with an agreement to conduct a feasibility study, which would produce a detailed project report and environmental assessment, outlining potential courses of action for completion. The project was divided into four phases, the last of which included the widening of the channel and removal of the bridge at 8th Street, which impeded creek flow, along with replacing the pedestrian bridge on the Wes Davis Greenway. Other components have included site modifications at the former Sears building and Beaver Creek Dam inlet, as well as channel widening near 6th Street.
The cost for the project is shared between the federal government and the Cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia, with design and construction being managed by the USACE Nashville District. Construction contracts for the project were awarded to Aspen Construction and Stephens Construction, Inc.
Jerry Goodpasture Plaza is located at 719 Shelby Street, and the ceremony will begin at 2:00 PM.
For more information, contact Jacob Chandler, City Engineer, at 423-989-5585 or email [email protected]